Ben Kamali (Detroit Catholic Central), who is a D1 State Champion, Flo Nationals runner-up, double Fargo All-American and 7th place finisher at Super 32 took to twitter to announce where he will be wrestling after high school.
In that post, Kamali said "I am proud to announce that I am verbally committing to Iowa State University to continue my academic and wrestling career! #ALLIN."
Over the past two years, Iowa State University has had two top five recruiting classes. In 2015, the Cyclones had the third best recruiting class. In 2016, they had the second best recruiting class, which included Michigan natives, Ian Parker (St. Johns) and Kanen Storr (Leslie). Kamali is the fourth person from that state of Michigan to commit to the Cyclones under Coach Kevin Jackson.
Michigan Grappler: Why Iowa State?
Ben Kamali: It's been a dream of mine since the 8th grade. I’ve taken a couple visits down to Iowa state and right away, it felt like home. I immediately felt the brotherhood and I knew that ISU is the place for me.
Michigan Grappler: You started your youth wrestling career at Kevin Jackson’s high school (Lansing Eastern) and now you will be wrestling for him. How does it feel?
Ben Kamali: It feels great! Just having the opportunity to be coached by someone with his accomplishments and talent is just priceless. I'm excited!
Michigan Grappler: Did your family, coaches and friends have an impact on your decision?
Ben Kamali: Yes, they had a big impact. It helped a lot knowing that I had the support of my coaches and family. It definitely helped me with making sure that I went through everything thoroughly before making my decision.
Michigan Grappler: Quean Smith, Lelund Weatherspoon, Ian Parker and Kanen Storr are all Michigan natives. You'll be the fifth Michigan wrestler to head to Iowa State. Any impact from them?
Ben Kamali: Knowing that there are other Michigan wrestlers at ISU helped because I was able to talk to them and get their input on what they think about Iowa state.
Kamali ended the interview believing that Iowa State is building something special and to be on the lookout. #ALLIN. He plans to wrestle at 125 lbs. in college.
Kamali is projected as a 125 lber in college.